At approximately 6:30 p.m. on July 16, 2019, Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office Communications was notified by the Louisiana State Police that Troopers out of Troop E (Alexandria) were in active pursuit of a suspect vehicle on LA 1 northbound approaching the Catfish Bend Road. The pursuit originated in Natchitoches Parish near Robeline. The driver of the vehicle was a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted burglary/unauthorized entry of a residence in Sabine Parish.
Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) deputies made visual contact with the suspect vehicle and joined the pursuit near Armistead. The driver turned east on U.S. 84, crossed the Red River bridge and continued through Coushatta traveling south on U.S. 71 to LA 784. He traveled across LA 507 in Hickory Grove onto the Dayton Carlisle Road which has no outlet.
Realizing that the subject would have to retrace his route if not apprehended, RRPSO deputies positioned units on Dayton Carlisle Road in preparation to deploy spike strips. As the vehicle returned to LA Hwy 507, the spikes were successfully deployed making contact with the right front tire of the suspect vehicle.
The driver exited Dayton Carlisle Road and turned north on LA Hwy 507 traveling toward the Martin community. Just north LA 787, as the deflated tire began to separate, the driver turned off the paved roadway onto a grassy pipeline right of way. The vehicle continued for approximately 200 yards down the pipeline and became disabled at a creek crossing. The driver then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot into a wooded area.
Numerous law enforcement personnel from the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police Troops G and E set up a search perimeter as the RRPSO K-9 and drone were deployed. Winn Parish Sheriff Cranford Jordan and his K-9 chase team from Winn Correctional Center also responded and thoroughly searched the rural location. Several local residents offered assistance by providing multiple ATV/UTV and night vision equipment.
The dogs tracked the suspect back to LA 507 near the intersection of LA 787 where his track stopped. It is likely he contacted someone via cell phone and was picked up at that location. The search was discontinued shortly after midnight while patrol units remained in the area through the night.
A warrant has been issued in Sabine Parish for the arrest of Dexter Trent Rivers, W/M, DOB 03/24/85 of Bossier City for Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and Simple Criminal Damage to Property. Additional charges will be forthcoming from the Louisiana State Police stemming from the pursuit in Natchitoches and Red River Parishes which will likely include Aggravated Flight, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Resisting Arrest.